The pair seem happy to now take what they previously denied themselves. He states that this line is clearly meant to be ambiguous, and that while the lovers have joyfully embraced the powerful fulfillment of their sexual encounter, the possibility that complications will arise from their actions is not precluded.
Mallard seems to be overwhelmed with joy because of her husband's death. Chopir has many of her Creole characters purposefully pluck "the tree" in order to discover their own awakenings; in so doing she revises accepted myths about duty, marriage, and sexuality in order to achieve a more realistic understanding of the human condition.
Ostriker details how "old stories are changed … by female experience, so that they can no longer stand as foundations of collective male fantasy.
While she was waiting for the book to be printed, she completed the short story "The Storm. If such escapades can be excused on these grounds, is happiness the greatest good in life, even greater than morality?
The description of the act of passion that follows is indeed impressive, and Chopin deserves all the credit she has received for its daring and its "realism," but there is more to it than that.